Research Minutes

Our weekly audio interviews with researchers provide the interactive space that allows researchers to share their latest work, helping to bring strong research to policymakers and practitioners.

Paul Morgan: Early and Persistent Science Education Achievement Gaps

Penn State Professor of Education Paul L. Morgan joins the Research Minutes podcast to talk about his longitudinal study of science achievement gaps. Morgan explains that these gaps arise early and are persistent throughout a child's schooling up until 12th grade.

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Interviewer: Abigal Gray, Senior Researcher, CPRE
Interviewees: Paul L. Morgan, Professor of Education, Penn State University

 

Robin Jacob: Measuring Principal Development

University of Michigan Associate Research Professor Robin Jacob speaks about her research study of a principal leadership program, one of the largest experimental evaluations of professional development for principals ever conducted.

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Robin Jacob, Associate Research Professor, University of Michigan

 

Deven Carlson: Re-classifying English Language Learners

University of Oklahoma Assistant Professor Deven Carlson joins CPRE Knowledge Hub Director Bobbi Newman to talk about the nature of re-classifying English Language Learners through testing, how this can create challenges for those students, and certain ways that have been utilized to support this segment of the education population.

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Deven Carlson, Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma

 

James Kim: An Intervention for Struggling, Adolescent Readers

Harvard Graduate School of Education's James Kim joins the Research Minutes podcast to explain his research on the Strategic Adolescent Reading Intervention, which is meant to engage struggling, adolescent readers on the way to improved academic outcomes.

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: James S. Kim, Associate Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

 

Morgan Polikoff: The Past, Present, and Future of Common Core

USC Rossier Associate Professor Morgan Polikoff joins CPRE's Jonathan Supovitz to talk about Common Core as it currently stands, how it served as the culmination of many past education policy decisions, and what will become of it.

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Interviewer: Jonathan Supovitz, Co-Director, CPRE
Interviewees: Morgan Polikoff, Associate Professor, USC Rossier

 

Kendall King: How Language Policies on Placement Tests Impacts English Language Learners

University of Minnesota Professor Kendall King joins the Research Minutes podcast to talk about her new research paper, The Language Policy of Placement Tests for Newcomer English Learners, published in Education Policy. She analyzes the ways that language policies on placement tests can impact newcomer English language learners.

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Kendall King, Professor of Second Language Education, University of Minnesota

 

Eric Camburn: Teacher Reflection and Instructional Change

University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Eric M. Camburn joins our Research Minutes podcast to go over his latest research, Infrastructure for Teacher Reflection and Instructional Change: An Exploratory Study, which was recently published in the Journal of Educational Change. Camburn describes his research and suggests the potential implications for the field.

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Eric M. Camburn, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

Beth Schueler: Successful District Turnaround Efforts in MA

Beth Schueler at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government joins the podcast to share her research on Massachusetts' state-led turnaround efforts in Lawrence, MA. She considers how the dynamic of the district changed, the impact of the shift, and future considerations for this type of research.

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Beth Schueler, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

 

Mylynn Felt: Big Data and the Social Sciences

University of Calgary's Mylynn Felt joins the Research Minutes podcast to talk about how researchers in the social sciences can use big data to further their research aims, some tools that can be help for researchers who want to get started in this type of work, and the ramifications of big data for social science in the long term.

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Mylynn Felt, University of Calgary

 

F. Chris Curran: The Effect of State Zero Tolerance Laws on Discipline Issues

F. Chris Curran discusses his article “Estimating the Effect of State Zero Tolerance Laws on Exclusionary Discipline, Racial Discipline Gaps, and Student Behavior” that was published in Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis. He describes the theoretical framework of Zero Tolerance Laws and their impacts on increasing racial disparities and inconsistent decreasing of problematic behaviors. 

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Interviewer: Jonathan Supovitz, Co-Director of CPRE
Interviewees: F. Chris Curran, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, School of Public Policy

 

Matthew Steinberg: Classroom Composition Impact on Teacher Observation Scores

Matthew Steinberg describes how a teacher’s students’ characteristics, namely prior academic achievement, affect the ratings and measurements of teacher performance as discussed in his article “Classroom Composition and Measured Teacher Performance: What Do Teacher Observation Scores Really Measure?” published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. He contextualizes results in terms of recent teacher evaluation reforms which continue to rely on classroom observations of teacher practice.

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director of CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Matthew Steinberg, Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania

 

Don Peurach: Large-Scale, Network-Based Educational Improvement Initiatives

Don Peurach provides an overview of school improvement networks and hub organizations as discussed in his article “Large-Scale, Network-Based Educational Improvement Initiatives” which was published in Education Researcher. He describes their distinguishing characteristics compared to more traditional professional development providers and presents evidence of their effectiveness. 

 

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Interviewer: Jonathan Supovitz, Co-Director of CPRE
Interviewees: Don Peurach, Associate Professor of Education at the University of Michigan

 

Drew Gitomer and Courtney Bell: Editors of the New Handbook of Research on Teaching

This Research Minutes podcast features a conversation with Drew Gitomer and Courtney Bell, editors of the Fifth Edition of the Handbook of Research on Teaching. During the interview, they describe the unique features of the new handbook, including its unique, interdisciplinary set of authors, its lack of a methodological divide, and the opportunities for future research.

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Interviewer: Jonathan Supovitz, Co-Director of CPRE
Interviewees: Drew Gitomer is the Rose and Nicholas DeMarzo Chair in Education at Rutgers University. Courtney Bell is a Senior Research Scientist at the Educational Testing Service.